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1. The act of affirming or the state of being affirmed; assertion. 2. Something declared to be true; a positive statement or judgment.
Phil Mickelson used to drive me to distraction in his post round interviews. No matter how he played, he’d spin it as a positive outing. He could’ve played as miserably as my 15 year old cat, but he’d stand there and say, “We worked a lot of things out today. I think it was a really good day.” I always wanted him to go all Seuss-like and say, “I stink, stank, stunk!” I mean call a stink a stink….right?
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” – Claude M. Bristol
Whatever we tell ourselves over and over again has a way of finding itself right in the middle of our reality. It may sound mumbo jumbo – but it’s absolutely true. Find the person who is forever saying, or thinking, “I’m depressed.” – they won’t have a smile on their face.
Find the one who’s always thinking or speaking in terms of anger, they’ll have their scowl firmly in place, and not many people around them.
Find the person who’s always saying, “Life isn’t fair.” Their’s will have ceased to be at all fair.
Want to find the person who thinks they’re always sick? Look for him or her at the doctor’s office!
Then again, WHY would you want to find any of them??
We become our thoughts.
“Any thought that is passed on to the subconscious often enough and convincingly enough is finally accepted.” – Robert Collier
Phil obviously learned the truth behind that quote. He knows that you have to give your mind as healthy a diet as you do your body. What’s one of the most important items on our mind’s menu? THOUGHTS. Good, positive thoughts are the equivalent of eating a huge, vitamin enriched salad: Baby spinach, carrots, cucumbers, shredded cheddar, grilled chicken, tomatoes, radishes, broccoli and cauliflower.
Negative, bad, worthless thoughts? They’re the equivalent of eating clipped toenails.
I’ve pulled for Phil every since his life taught me a lesson. I gotta admit, part of me would still like to hear him say, “I blew.” Fortunately he’s a mentally sound, positive golfer and knows better.
Guess that’s why he’s on the tour and my cat’s on her favorite chair staring at the wall.
Make each moment count double.